Helping our community groups

Local organisations are encouraged to apply for a Hume grant, as part of Council’s 2016 Community Grants Program.

Hume Mayor, Councillor Adem Atmaca, said Council wanted to assist the activities of groups that nurture a vibrant community life.

“There are so many great organisations in Hume which run terrific activities and vital services, and we are keen to support groups so that they continue and grow,” Cr Atmaca said.

“Many local associations help residents to get to know each other and form friendships, and that’s really important because this interaction grows strong communities.

“Some of our groups offer the opportunity for people to learn new skills, and others enable locals to play sport or simply improve their fitness.

“Hume’s grants exist to support many different types of groups, such as senior citizen clubs, recreational organisations, and associations that nurture diverse cultures.”

In 2015, Hume City Council delivered grants to more than 130 local groups, including:

• Roxburgh Rise Primary School, to assist educators start a cooking program called From Garden to Table;
• Goonawarra Bilby’s Playgroup Association Inc., so that the group could cover activity expenses;
• Sailability Victoria Inc., which organises sport for students with a disability; and
• Craigieburn and Districts Senior Citizens Centre Inc., an association that offers recreation to Craigieburn seniors.

Cr Atmaca said Council’s grant program helped to maintain a lively and strong community.

“Residents in Hume come from more than 166 different countries and speak in excess of 120 languages,” he said.

“Associations in our municipality support residents who have links with cultures that were forged in many parts of the world.

“A total of two out of every five residents speak a language other than English, and we are proud that Hume is one of the most diverse and harmonious places in Australia.”

Representatives of community groups can apply for a Hume grant online from Wednesday 1 July 2015 until 4pm on Wednesday 5 August 2015.

Council has prepared a Community Grants Information Kit to help applicants, and it is available here and at Hume’s customer service centres.

People who would like assistance as they apply are welcome to attend a support session on the following days:

• Monday 13 July 2015, 10.30am, Hume Global Learning Centre – Craigieburn (75-95 Central Park Avenue, Craigieburn)
• Tuesday 14 July 2015, 10.30am, Broadmeadows Community Hub (180-182 Widford Street, Broadmeadows)
• Wednesday 15 July 2015, 10.30am, Sunbury Neighbourhood House and Community Centre (531 Elizabeth Drive, Sunbury)
• Thursday 16 July 2015, 10.30am, Hume Global Learning Centre – Broadmeadows (1093 Pascoe Vale Road, Broadmeadows)

Representatives of community organisations can book for the free sessions on 9205 2200.

Council’s 2016 Community Grants Program is open to all not-for-profit groups based in Hume, as well as those that offer services, activities or projects to residents of Hume.

Updated : 10:03 AM, 23 June 2015

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